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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
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Director:
Writers:
Dalton Trumbo (screen play)
Ted W. Lawson (based on the book) ...
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Release Date:
November 1944 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Heart-Warming Romance . . . Stark, Sensational Drama! Thrills! Action! Adventure! ...Ripped From The Heart!
Plot:
In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(11 articles)
Bryan Cranston To Play Dalton Trumbo
 (From Dark Horizons. 19 September 2013, 3:51 AM, PDT)

Kiss*
 (From Comicmix. 29 April 2013, 5:43 AM, PDT)

Phyllis Thaxter obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 17 August 2012, 4:07 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
A very accurate account of a major World War II event. See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Van Johnson ... Ted Lawson

Robert Walker ... David Thatcher
Tim Murdock ... Dean Davenport
Don DeFore ... Charles McClure
Herbert Gunn ... Bob Clever (as Gordon McDonald)

Phyllis Thaxter ... Ellen Lawson
Stephen McNally ... 'Doc' White (as Horace McNally)

Spencer Tracy ... Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle
John R. Reilly ... 'Shorty' Manch

Robert Mitchum ... Bob Gray
Scott McKay ... Davey Jones

Donald Curtis ... Lieut. Randall
Louis Jean Heydt ... Lieut. Miller
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Don Smith (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)

Douglas Cowan ... 'Brick' Holstrom

Paul Langton ... Captain 'Ski' York

Leon Ames ... Lieut. Jurika
Bill Williams ... Bud Felton
Robert Bice ... 'Jig' White
Hsin Kung ... Dr. Chung (as Dr. Hsin Kung)
Benson Fong ... Young Dr. Chung
Ching Wah Lee ... Guerilla Charlie

Alan Napier ... Mr. Parker
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Parker
Dorothy Morris ... Jane (as Dorothy Ruth Morris)

Jacqueline White ... Emmy York
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Reynolds
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Addison ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Morris Ankrum ... William F. Halsey, Captain of the 'Hornet' (uncredited)
Jack Arkin ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)
Tom Avera ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Steve Barclay ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Pilot Singer (uncredited)
Karin Booth ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Steve Brodie ... MP Corporal (uncredited)
Ralph Brooke ... Sailor (uncredited)
Hazel Brooks ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Lucille Casey ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Wally Cassell ... Sailor (uncredited)
Luke Chan ... Chinese Runner (uncredited)
Mary Chan ... School Teacher (uncredited)
Keye Chang ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Lyle Clark ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Eleanor Counts ... Jitterbug (uncredited)
Elizabeth Dailey ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)

John Dehner ... Lieutenant Commander (uncredited)
Myrna Dell ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Hal Derwin ... Singer in Officers' Club (uncredited)

Natalie Draper ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Johnny Duncan ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)

Blake Edwards ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Harold Fong ... Captain of Patrol Boat (uncredited)
John Gannon ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Leatrice Joy Gilbert ... Girl (uncredited)
Charles Gordon ... Sgt. Williams (uncredited)
Genevieve Grazis ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Joe (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Judge (uncredited)
Bill Healy ... Eglin Captain (uncredited)
Shirlee Howard ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
John James ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Virgil Johanson ... Eglin Colonel (uncredited)
John Kellogg ... C-47 Transport Pilot (uncredited)
Mike Killian ... Sailor (uncredited)
Charles King Jr. ... Sailor (uncredited)
Michael Knudsen ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Michael Kostrick ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Joan Lawrence ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Edith Leach ... Girl (uncredited)
Martin Lowell ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Ann Lundeen ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Bob MacLean ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Peggy Maley ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Jack McClendon ... Dick Joyce (uncredited)
Beryl McCutcheon ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Bob McCutchin ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Sybil Merritt ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Harlan Miller ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Lorraine Miller ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Charles Mitchell ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
William Moss ... Ship's Clerk (uncredited)
Frances E. Neal ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Jay Norris ... Hallmark (uncredited)
Moroni Olsen ... General (uncredited)
Noreen Roth ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Erin Selwyn ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Elaine Shepard ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Deck Officer (uncredited)
Harold Sworland ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Bob Thom ... Lieutenant Commander (uncredited)
Eugenia B. Thompson ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Brad Towne ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Gordon Trigg ... Bit Part (uncredited)
H.T. Tsiang ... Wang Tsung (uncredited)
Joy Vahl ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)
Peter Varney ... Spike Henderson (uncredited)
Will Walls ... Hoss Wyler (uncredited)
Richard Wang ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Eve Whitney ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Kay Williams ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Wah Yee ... Foo Ling (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
 
Writing credits
Dalton Trumbo (screen play)

Ted W. Lawson (based on the book) (as Captain Ted W. Lawson) and
Robert Considine (based on the book)

Produced by
Sam Zimbalist .... producer
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (director of photography)
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Paul Groesse 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
William H. Cannon .... unit manager (uncredited)
Walter Strong .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William H. Cannon .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Russ Haverick .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Leo Pepin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Harold Rosson .... second unit director (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ralph S. Hurst .... associate set decorator
George E. Lee .... props (uncredited)
Jack Martin Smith .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Standish J. Lambert .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Frank McKenzie .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Donald Jahraus .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Donald Jahraus .... model maker (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
A. Lindsley Lane .... second camera (uncredited)
Robert Martin .... second camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kay Dean .... associate costume supervisor
Irene .... costume supervisor
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Herbert Stahlberg .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dean Davenport .... technical advisor: Arny Air Force (uncredited)
H. Allen Fairbanks .... technical advisor: Navy (uncredited)
Jimmy Garland .... script clerk (uncredited)
Virginia Garland .... script clerk (uncredited)
Wei Fan Hsueh .... technical advisor: Chinese sequence (uncredited)
Ted W. Lawson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
138 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1949) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #10248) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film's opening prologue states: "One-hundred and thirty-one days after December 7, 1941, a handful of young men, who had never dreamed of glory, struck the first blow at the heart of Japan. This is their true story we tell here".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Immediately after take-off from the Hornet, Lawson puts the RUPTURED DUCK into a left turn as indicated by the actual horizon outside the windshield. However, the Attitude Indicator (Or Artificial Horizon Gyro Instrument) on the instrument panel shows the aircraft in straight and level flight.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated lines]
Lt. Ted Lawson:Tell me, Honey, how come you're so cute?
Ellen Lawson:I had to be if I was going to get such a good-looking fella.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood or Bust (1956)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Eyes of Texas Are Upon YouSee more »

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43 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
A very accurate account of a major World War II event., 9 March 2003

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo is the most accurate portrayal of the Doolittle Raid on Japan during World War II. Whenever a movie is made from a book, there are usually changes made for "dramatic effect". However, there does not seem to be any such changes in this movie, as there is plenty of drama in the original story. Most of the dialogue was taken directly from the book by the same name. There are some scenes that may seem to be "propaganda" or "corny", but one must remember that in 1943, the atmosphere was different in the United States and the rest of the world. All of the characters in the movie were real life people from the Doolittle Raid and from accounts in the book and other sources, they are accurately portrayed by the actors in the movie. The main character, Ted Lawson, was the original technical advisor, but he was replaced by Dean Davenport (Lawson's co-pilot) after Lawson was re-called to active duty. Most of the flying scenes were done with actual B-25's accurately marked and even the take-off, which was done on a sound stage, used real aircraft on an aircraft carrier mock-up. The scenes that used miniatures were also well done for the time period (before digital effects). The movie "Pearl Harbor" also has an account of the Doolittle Raid, but it is very, very inaccurate. This movie is worth watching for everyone who has a desire to see historical events and is a must for all aviation and military buffs.

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